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-o-oTo the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. SIR, - -

TRUST you will readily admit, that

in estimating the importance of any plan for the relief of the poor, its influence on their feelings and character deserve at least as much consideration as the inmediate relief afforded them; for if the mode in which charity is administered tends to create a mean and servile disposition in the objects of it, the evil done may frequently be of much greater magnitude than the benefits arising from a palliation of the distresses of poverty, because the latter are generally temporary, and sometimes work their own cure by roufing the sufferer to greater exertion, whereas the disposition just mentioned is permanent in its effe&ts, and the source of half the villanies that disgrace society. This is a point which ought to be maturely confidered in forming the arrangements of every plan intended for the relief of the indigent. “ There is a spirit of independence to be found in the walks of humble life, which would rather submit to great difficulties than rely too much on the bounty of others. This is a disposition which it is the duty of every well regulated community to cherish and cultiwate; fince (referring to moral considerations only) there is not a more powerful

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gin of hat-making, I will venture to recommend to his consideration, the former part of the article HAT in the English Encyclopædia, where the pračtice of wearing hats is stated to have commenced in the western parts of Europe, about the year 14oo ; and where it is observed on the authority of F. Daniel, “that when Charles II. made his public entry into Rouen, in 1449, he had on a hat lined with red velvet, and surmounted with a plume or tuft of feathers.” Supposing hats to have been, allowing only for their variations in shape, what they “”. - Gora

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